Planning a vacation? FDA has some tips

Planning to get away to a sunny locale this summer? The Food and Drug Administration is offering some tips for ensuring your next beach vacation is a healthy one.

Here’s what health officials recommend:

Instead, the FDA recommends using sunscreen (broad spectrum that protects against UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of 15 or higher), wearing sunglasses (choose lenses with UVA/UVB rating of 100 percent), wearing protective clothing, understand the facts about tanning beds, and beware of spray tan and bronzing products (no UV protection).

Marissa Harshman

I'm the health reporter for The Columbian newspaper in Vancouver, Wash. I started at The Columbian -- my hometown newspaper -- in September 2009. Reach me at or 360-735-4546.